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Arvesynd (1994)

af P. D. James

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Kriminalroman. Et berm̜t forlag i London har problemer med generationsskifte i ledelsen, og samtidig er en "spg̜efugl" p ̄spil i det fornemme forlagshus ved Themsen. Da ondskabsfuldhederne bliver til mord, trd̆er kriminalinspektr̜ Dalgliesh og hans team ind p ̄arenaen.
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    Flowers for the Judge af Margery Allingham (KayCliff)
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    End of Chapter af Nicholas Blake (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Both novels are set in publishers' offices, with distinctly similar plots.
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Honestly I had not thought of the actual murderer thru most of the book = when it was revealed it made a lot of sense but the breadcrumbs of the hints were well hidden until the end. Excellent mystery. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | May 26, 2024 |
(1994)Once you get past the obsession with minute detail, a good story emerges as a small publishing company suffers thru 3 mysterious deaths that ultimately is the result of revenge being sought by the son of a holocaust victim as he attempts to exact an eye for an eye of a collaborator in Vichy France. (PW) A sprawling paean to the Thames River and its London environs, James's 12th novel and latest mystery to feature New Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgleish is set in the modern publishing world where traditions may crumble but where such timeless emotions as grief, rage and love prevail. Peverell Press, which occupies the magnificent Innocent House, modeled on the palaces of Venice and built by the firm's founder in 1792, has been plagued by the misdeeds-misplaced manuscripts, lost illustrations-of an unknown "office menace" since the death, nine months earlier, of managing director Henry Peverell. The stakes are upped when a senior editor, recently sacked by the new director Gerard Etienne, kills herself. When Etienne is found dead in the same room, Dalgleish is called in to investigate. He discovers that plenty of people, including the four other partners in the firm and various employees whose jobs are threatened by Etienne's plans to sell Innocent House and modernize the firm, had reason to wish Etienne dead. James (Devices and Desires) gives pride of place here to lush, leisurely descriptions of waterside London and the landscape of the Essex coast; Dalgleish and his assistants seem more observers than participants in this plot that ticks along on its own momentum, driven by the various suspects' motivations and actions to the credible, if not fully prepared for, resolution.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Set in a Publishing House along the Thames; Wapping district of London ( )
  KKBucher | Dec 21, 2023 |
A prankster has been causing problems at Preverell Press, many year occupant of Innocent House on the banks of the Thames in Wapping. Lord Stilgo asked Adam Dalgliesh to investigate, but Adan declined. Henry Preverell has recently died and Jean-Claude Etienne recently retired leaving Gerard Etienne as the CEO. He has many ideas for modernizing the press including laying off long-time employee, selling Innocent House, and moving the press to the Docklands down river. The other four managing partners don't want to do this, but most understand without it, the press will not survive. One person layed off, commits suicide in the Archive Office. Then Gerard Etienne is murdering via carbon monoxide in the same office. Enter Adam Dalgliesh and his team of Kate and Daniel to investigate. There is a great amount of description of scenery, architecture, English history, and more in this book. So much that it detracts from the plot. ( )
  baughga | Sep 15, 2023 |
I remember buying this on the day it was published, and am dumfounded now to realise that that that that was almost thirty years ago. Re-reading it now, I couldn’t remember any of the details of the plot, and had certainly forgotten who the murderer was, although I did have a recollection of having especially enjoyed it. That was borne out by this re-reading, and I think it may well be my favourite of P D James’s books.

I have always had a particular taste for fiction about the world of books, so this was always going to appeal to me, with the story being set in an old publishing house. Peverell Press claimed to be the country’s oldest publisher, having been established in a glorious reproduction of a Venetian palazzo on the eastern reaches of the Thames. It had remained entirely under the control of the Peverell family until just after the Second World War, when a hero of the French resistance had bought a significant share, introducing much needed working capital. Now his son, Gerard Etienne, is managing director and his daughter Claudia is also on the Board, along with Frances, last of the Peverells, Gabriel Dauntsey, an ageing formerly venerated poet, and James de Witt, an accomplished literary critic.

Gerard Etienne has ambitious plans for the company, but they involve a programme of radical modernisation and ‘downsizing’, and he has stirred up considerable animosity both among his fellow directors and more widely across the company’s workforce. His ardour for reform is not damped by a series of ‘pranks’ that have caused slight reputational damage to the company. However, the tide of change is stemmed when he is found dead in the company’s archive room, with a fabric draught excluder in the shape of a snake tied around his neck, its head thrust into his mouth. It is at this point that Commander Adam Dalgleish is called in, ably assisted by his Detective Inspectors Kate Miskin and Daniel Aaron.

P D James always writes well-crafted prose, and organises the plot development in a closely managed method. I always find her books reminiscent of those of Iris Murdoch – the principal characters are always slightly odd, and approach day to day life in a rather oblique manner. One sometimes imagines that the linguistic style is of greater significance than the substance of the story. However, in both cases, I find that it works. I happily suspend my disbelief, and where with less accomplished writers I might roll my eyes impatiently, I am content to go wherever they might take me. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jun 9, 2023 |
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One of James's most successful meldings of the old-fashioned whodunit onto the novel of character--a Middlemarch of the classic detective story.
tilføjet af rretzler | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Feb 7, 1995)
 
James (Devices and Desires) gives pride of place here to lush, leisurely descriptions of waterside London and the landscape of the Essex coast; Dalgleish and his assistants seem more observers than participants in this plot that ticks along on its own momentum, driven by the various suspects' motivations and actions to the credible, if not fully prepared for, resolution.
tilføjet af rretzler | RedigerPublishers Weekly (Jan 2, 1995)
 

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